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Newcastle United’s Isaac Hayden problem has come at a terrible time

Isaac Hayden has handed in a shock transfer request, meaning the club is set to lose a second midfielder.

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Isaac Hayden was one of a handful of midfielders that found himself chosen ahead in the lineup above Mikel Merino. While Merino is a promising prospect, Hayden has also shown some potential to be a quality midfielder in the Premier League, making 26 appearances and scoring once.

Well, Mikel Merino has been sold. And for the most part, I was okay with that. I mean, after all, we have Hayden, Diame, Shelvey, and if the bloke can stay healthy, Rolando Aarons. It’s not a world class lineup, but one that doesn’t make me want to ball my eyes out, like seeing Jack Colback in the lineup.

But things have changed now that Isaac Hayden has out of the blue, handed in a transfer request to due family problems happening down south. This would mean, if sold, Newcastle United would lose two young somewhat promising midfielders. One who wanted a starting spot handed to him, and the other a hardworking player who left it all out on the pitch.

To be honest, I’d have no problem with this if I had faith that Newcastle United would immediately begin searching for quality replacements. The problem is the club cannot be expected to do such a thing. The club was never prepared to replace Merino with someone of similar or better quality, and I highly doubt they’re prepared to do so with Hayden’s sudden request.

This presents a serious problem for the club, and one that needs to be solved immediately.

The problem is we all know that it won’t.